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Robin Hood Theatre Company to perform Alan Ayckbourn comedy Relatively Speaking

A timeless comedy classic will open the latest season for Robin Hood Theatre Company at Averham next week ­— in a year that marks their diamond jubilee.

Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking will be performed at the Robin Hood Theatre from Tuesday (September 21) to a week on Saturday, at 7.30pm.

Director Jean Lebeter said this was a particularly special production as not only is it their first major production since having to close in March of last year, but it also opens the company’s diamond jubilee season.

Relatively Speaking will be performed by Robin Hood Theatre Company. (51073000)
Relatively Speaking will be performed by Robin Hood Theatre Company. (51073000)

Relatively Speaking is a story of love, infidelity, misunderstandings and mistaken identity, with the initial situation leading to increasingly complicated and hilarious confusion.

It is as fresh and funny as when it was first written, and has stood the test of time.

First performed at Scarborough in 1965, it transferred to the London stage two years later ­—and was Ayckbourn’s first West End hit.

It also helped launch the career of a young actor called Richard Briers and the play has been regularly performed ever since, indeed, it had a 2013 revival at Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Felicity Kendal.

Having been dormant for many years, Robin Hood Theatre was reopened by Sir Donald Wolfit in July 1961, after being resurrected by a group of volunteers under the guidance of Valerie Baker.

The first play in October was The Eagle has Two Heads, which starred a local actress June Cresswell, who with her husband Brian Cast was heavily involved with the company for many years and still attend every production.

The rest of the season features the long-awaited Vicar of Dibley, from December 7-11; Willy Russell’s comedy Breezeblock Park, from January 25-29; the remarkable story of Alan Turing in Breaking The Code, from April 26-30; and On The Rocks, an intriguing modern comedy by Amy Rosenthall about Nottinghamshire writer D. H. Lawrence, from June 14-18.

Tickets can be booked at rhtc.co.uk or reserved on 07733 179986.

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